It’s Been Awhile


My last post here on Gospel Apprentice was in October. It’s been awhile.

For me, writing has always been an outlet. It’s a process I enjoy, even the editing part. In fact, it’s probably the editing part that I enjoy the most. Weird, I know.

I do write almost every day. But, those words are just for me. That’s not to say that my daily musings are profound or mysterious, on the contrary, they are mostly quick notes, thoughts about what Bible verse I happen to be reading or commentary on the day-to-day.

The seasons of our lives bring change, and I am experiencing such a season of change now. For about a year, I’ve been babysitting my beautiful little grandson, and I’ve never felt my age so acutely. On the days I watch my little one, we begin early. By the end of the day, I’m ready for bed by 9 o’clock. Ok, maybe even by 8:30. On my days off, there is housework to do, shopping to be done, errands to run. Even on those days, bedtime can’t come soon enough. And so, as a result, posting on Gospel Apprentice has been put aside.

The main reason I started blogging was so that someday, my children (and now my grandson) would have a record of how the truth of the Gospel worked itself out in the heart and mind of their mother. That reason has not changed. To anyone who reads it, my hope is that this blog will tell the story of an ordinary woman and her very extraordinary Savior. It is to magnify the unfathomable kindness that has been extended to me, a sinner, and to point others to the excellence and beauty of the Gospel of Christ.

I am blessed, albeit exhaustedly so, to write for my children and for our grandson, but also, as we recently discovered, for a new grandchild expected in August by my oldest son and his wife. Praise God!

This morning I got up early and left the house. I am sitting at a local coffee shop as I write this. Last night’s dirty dishes and today’s laundry await my return, but an uninterrupted block of writing time is more important.

I must be more deliberate about making time to write and for the Gospel’s sake, so be it.

So, even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those who come.  Psalm 71:18

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

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6 responses to “It’s Been Awhile

  • Milissa

    Terrie, what a great blessing you have been to Annalese by watching your grandson, instead of him having to go to child care. Many people do not have that option or blessing. While you may not have written in a while, the truth of the gospel exudes itself to your children by your acts of service to them. You are a wonderful example. Love you, Milissa

    • Terrie van Baarsel

      Thanks, Milissa! I appreciate so much you taking the time to leave such an encouraging comment. Babysitting a toddler is not always easy and sometimes very demanding, especially physically! God is good and He is faithful and I’m so thankful to have the time and health for it.

  • micey

    Nice to “see” you!

  • micey

    I have to tell you you’ve given me a new reason to write. I never considered writing for my boys. Oh maybe somewhere deep inside I hoped they would read my blog someday. But this is good. I’ve been so busy writing for strangers, but who better to write for than the people I love? So thanks for the inspiration and congratulations on your newest gift!

    • Terrie van Baarsel

      Hi Micey! It is a great blessing to write for the people you love. It’s amazing to think that the Lord can use us to beautify His Gospel in the eyes of our kids. And you have done just that for me many times. I love reading what you write. God bless you, Micey and thanks for the encouragement!

  • Kayla


    I love this! Especially the verse you posted at the end. You ARE proclaiming His might & power to the next generation!! I see it in your tender care for your family and daily commitment to love them. This is encouraging to me too as one caring for a toddler. It is definitely not easy, and I think I’m actually getting some gray hairs from it ;) But I too want to live out that verse and proclaim Him to the next generation. Thank you for blessing me with this post.

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